OC Jedd Fisch becomes highest-paid UCLA assistant

FILE - In this April 1, 2016, file photo, Michigan quarterbacks coach Jedd Fisch, left, signals to players on the field form the sideline, watched by Michigan quarterback Shane Morris (7), during the NCAA college football team's annual spring game at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Mich. Morris, the No. 3 quarterback in the 2013 class according to a 247Sports Composite, has started only two college games and hasn’t thrown a single touchdown pass. (AP Photo/Tony Ding, File)

Michigan quarterbacks coach Jedd Fisch, left, here with Wolverines quarterback Shane Morris, will take over as offensive coordinator for UCLA. (AP Photo/Tony Ding, File)

For coming to UCLA, offensive coordinator Jedd Fisch signed a two-year contract worth $810,000 a season, making him the second-highest paid assistant coach at a public Pac-12 school behind Oregon defensive coordinator Jim Leavitt.

Here’s how Fisch’s salary breaks down:

  • $250,000 per year base salary
  • $244,000 per year talent fee
  • $150,000 one-time signing fee
  • $156,000 retention bonus for first contract year (if Fisch remains with staff on Dec. 15, 2017)
  • $306,000 total retention bonus for second contract year
    • $150,000 if Fisch is still on the staff on June 15, 2018
    • $156,000 is Fisch is still on staff on Dec. 15, 2018
  • $10,000 for camps that Fisch works

Leavitt signed a four-year contract paying $1.15 million per year in December, according to the Oregonian. Last year, only 12 assistants in college football made more than $1 million.

Fisch’s contract eclipses that of offensive line coach Adrian Klemm, who was the highest paid assistant coach at a public Pac-12 school in 2016. Klemm made $760,000 last season.

According to M Live, Fisch was scheduled to make $750,000 at Michigan this year, where he would have been in his second year as the passing game coordinator and quarterbacks and wide receivers coach. He made $700,000 during his first year in Ann Arbor.

Fisch’s contract includes a unique clause that terminates employment in the event that head coach Jim Mora leaves or is fired. Unlike the contracts from other UCLA assistants, Fisch’s contract will end 30 days after the hiring of a new head coach. In the event of head coach departure, the other assistant coaches have contracts that continue until their respective ending dates.

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Three-star offensive lineman Jax Wacaser commits to UCLA

UCLA picked up a commitment from three-star offensive lineman Jax Wacaser on Wednesday, bringing the class of 2017’s total to 14 commits with exactly three weeks left until National Signing Day.

Wacaser, an offensive tackle from Arizona’s Saguaro High, was also considering Cal, Utah, Vanderbilt and Virginia, among others.

The 6-foot-4, 250-pound prospect is the No. 4 offensive tackle in Arizona, according to Scout. He is UCLA’s third offensive line commit for this recruiting class, joining Jaxon Kirkland and Kanan Ray.

Of the Bruins’ 14 commits, nine are primarily defensive players, while three of the five offensive players are linemen. UCLA is still lacking a true receiver in this class outside of tight end Jimmy Jaggers.

UCLA’s commits so far:

  • DE Jaelan Phillips
  • OL Kanan Ray
  • OLB Rahyme Johnson
  • DT Martin Andrus
  • DB/WR Jaylan Shaw
  • TE Jimmy Jaggers
  • OL Jaxson Kirkland
  • DB Quentin Lake
  • QB Austin Burton
  • DE Cassius Peat
  • DT Greg Rogers
  • DB Darnay Holmes
  • DE My-King Johnson (said to be a soft verbal commit)
  • OL Jax Wacaser
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Bovada releases early national championship odds for 2017 football season

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Bovada’s odds for the 2017 college football season national champion

One day after Clemson’s epic national championship victory over Alabama, Las Vegas started looking toward the 2017 college football season.

Bovada released its odds for the 2018 College Football Playoff national championship and UCLA has the third-best odds for a Pac-12 team at 50/1. USC leads the Pac-12 at 9/1, followed by Washington at 40/1. This year’s runner up Alabama has the best odds to win the whole thing.

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Darnay Holmes picks UCLA

UCLA picked up a huge victory on the recruiting trail at the U.S. Army All-American Bowl on Saturday as five-star defensive back Darnay Holmes committed to UCLA.

Holmes is the top defensive back in the country, according to Scout.com, and turned down Nebraska, Ohio State and USC.

In picking UCLA, the Calabasas cornerback said on NBC he wanted to stay near his family and represent his home town.

It’s been a good two days of recruiting for UCLA as it picked up four-star recruits Martin Andrus and Rahyme Johnson on Friday, but the Bruins still only have 13 commits for the class of 2017. Continue reading

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UCLA gets pair of four-star recruits Martin Andrus, Rahyme Johnson

With less than a month left until National Signing Day, UCLA picked up two big commits Friday in four-star defensive tackle Martin Andrus and four-star linebacker Rahyme Johnson.

The pair of L.A. natives announced their commitments in a joint video with cameos from fellow UCLA commits Jaelan Phillips and Jaylan Shaw.

Andrus, a 6-foot-1, 280-pound defensive tackle from Los Angeles High, is a four-star recruit according to Scout.com and a three-star according to Rivals and 247 Sports. He was also considering Oregon, USC and Nebraska, among others.

This is Johnson’s second commitment to UCLA as he pledged to the Bruins on July 24, 2015 before withdrawing on May 13, 2016. The 6-foot-4, 210-pound outside linebacker from Salesian was also considering Oregon, Oregon State, Nebraska and Notre Dame. He told Scout.com that UCLA linebackers coach Scott White was relentless in his recruiting even after the decommitment and that helped reel Johnson back in.  Continue reading

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